ANAHEIM — Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said he believes the Tampa Bay market can support a baseball team. That team just needs a new stadium.
When asked where a new Rays stadium should be, Selig said he had no preference.
"I've said before when I've been there they need a new stadium," said Selig, speaking to the Baseball Writers Association of America on Tuesday before the All-Star Game. "There is no question about it."
But he wouldn't say which side of the bay would be best.
"I knew my market better than anyone," he said, referring to his time as an owner of the Brewers. "I know Milwaukee like the palm of my hand. I don't have the unmitigated gall to go and tell people where to build."
This is neither a new nor surprising stand for Selig, who has seen 22 ballparks built during his leadership.
"I've been through this argument everywhere, whether it was Minnesota or Milwaukee or Atlanta or Colorado. Everywhere," he said. "You can't ask people to compete in a facility that doesn't generate the kind of revenue they need. The fact we have 22 new stadiums says it all. That's your answer."
Still, there has been cause for concern in Tampa Bay since Rays owner Stuart Sternberg suggested there were five markets without baseball that would better support the team.
"I have a lot of faith in Stu," Selig said. "They're going to have to examine things. I know there is a commission down there. I know he's talking to people. Once they get what Stu believes, and what we will believe, is a satisfactory site and a satisfactory stadium, I'm sure the area. … They just need a facility.
"The demographics of that area are good. They need a facility."